I'd like to question the issue of diversity in Philadelphia. Despite the fact that there are different races, creeds, colors, religions, and ethnic backgrounds, we're not as diverse as we think we are. What I mean is that we have had a problem attracting immigrants ever since we lost to NYC pertaining to the biggest seaport and the biggest. We might not have been destined to be the biggest city in the country like NYC already is, but we could've been just as great (but not bigger) as a seaport and as a city. Consider this: The largest population of West Indians is, no doubt the NYC metro, with 802,000. The second largest is Miami-Ft Lauderdale with 350,000. The third largest isn't even us, but the Boston metro, with 77,000, followed by the Baltimore-DC area with 71,000. In Philadelphia, we came only come up with 39,000 West Indians, and the Northeast is a huge area of settlement when it comes to attracting West Indians. We probably came in at 19th or something. We should've been at third place, with 125,000 or something since we're so close the NYC and all that. The Hispanic population is growing, but the Dominican population is miniscule, compared to NYC (over 600,000), Boston (90,000), and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Palm Beach (70,000). Once again, the Northeast and Florida have been factors in attracting them. In the Phila area, we have about 15,000 Dominicans. Mexicans in the area are about 20,000 in this area, and nothing against the Mexicans, but the Dominicans are the second-largest group of Hispanics behind Puerto Ricans and the Northeast, especially NYC and Boston, attracts Dominicans, and therefore the Dominicans should've been the second largest Hispanic group with about 75,000, not 15,000. Still don't get it: the largest Greek populations are in NYC(202,000), Chicago (93,000), & Boston (80,000), so why does Phila have only 31,000 of Greek origin??? Because we never made ourselves into a major seaport like Boston and NYC did during the 19th century. We literally dragged our feet when it came to immigration (and still do), and when we finally had enough sense to get immigrants and strengthen the workforce of this city, the government stopped all immigration because of WWI, therefore limiting the amount of immigrants to come to the States. Think about it. If Philadelphia was a strong immigration stronghold like NYC, Chicago, Boston, Houston, LA, SF, and Miami are, we would not just be more diverse, but the population of this city would grow, and not shrink like it's doing right now and we would have a stronger tax base. Sometimes I think what this city should've been if we were able to attract these forementioned immigrants (including Swedes and Norwegians since they were known to be great shipbuilders and craftsmen). The Pennsylvania, the Reading, and the Lehigh Valley three of the most powerful railroad companies at that time, and they couldn't figure out how to get immigrants to this great city. It must be a shame to think about because this city could've been better than what it is right now.